Disasters effects take centre stage at SADC meeting

20Feb 2020
The Guardian
Disasters effects take centre stage at SADC meeting

​​​​​​​PERMANENT Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, coordination and Investment) Dorothy Mwaluko said there is the need for all sectors to participate in the fight against the effects disasters within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

Dorothy Mwaluko

Opening a meeting of SADC permanent secretaries whose portfolios are concerned with disasters  in Zanzibar,  Mwaluko said the effects are often severe to the society and that what is needed it to take early preventive measures.

She said all these countries have experiences in disasters, hence it is in her expectation that they will finalize the task given for the preparation of reports for convening a meeting for ministers charged with disasters to be held on February 21 this year.

In the meeting the Permanent Secretaries will prepare reports to show viable strategies and programmes on how SADC have been prepared in facing up to disasters in the region.

SADC Deputy Executive Secretary on Zonal Cooperation Dr Thembinkosi Mhlongo explained that disasters’ effects including deaths, destruction to property and infrastructures have impacted nearly all SADC countries. 

He said it is important for these countries to cooperate in the preparation of strategies for disasters management.

The Ag Permanent secretary in the Office of the Zanzibar Vice President Abdallah Hassan Mitawi told meeting participants that the countries has accorded great importance to the issue of the management of disaster effects as that is proven by the attendance of 15 out of 16 SADC countries.